The Pits: To Close Or Not To Close?

Posted in IndyCar on April 12, 2017 by Oilpressure

By Paul Dalbey

Note – Once again, I’ve turned over the reins of this site over to Paul Dalbey of More Front Wing. Most of the time we agree. However, on today’s topic – we don’t see exactly eye-to-eye. Still, its a good topic worthy of discussion. – GP

Trivia: What do you the Colorado Rockies, Justin Bieber, Y2K, Harry Potter, Facebook, and the careers of every current Verizon IndyCar Series driver have in common?

Answer: Not a single one of them was around when Indy car racing left the pit lane open when a caution period commenced on course.

That’s right — there isn’t a single driver in today’s Verizon IndyCar Series that raced in a time when drivers were allowed to duck into pit lane before the pace car had the field in tow. In fact, there are a good number of today’s drivers who weren’t even born when CART and USAC implemented the rule prior to the 1992 season.

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Random Thoughts On Long Beach

Posted in IndyCar on April 10, 2017 by Oilpressure

Oddly enough, there will be some that will say that yesterday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was boring. I will respectfully, yet strongly, disagree. Perhaps I’m a little enthusiastic after having just watched the race from the comfort of my easy chair, but after continuous decades of watching races at Long Beach – I’m thinking yesterday’s may have been the best of the bunch. Granted there have been some snoozers mixed in there, but even taking the very best ones into account – this one may have topped them all. I’m not afraid to call a parade a parade, but I thought this race had a little bit – no, a lot of everything.

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Long Beach Preview

Posted in IndyCar on April 7, 2017 by Oilpressure

After a four-week hiatus, the Verizon IndyCar Series resumes this weekend at the second-longest continuous event on its schedule – The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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Planning For The Future

Posted in IndyCar on April 5, 2017 by Oilpressure

With the NFL draft approaching later this month, sports talk radio is filled with all kinds of pontificating on how to build a football team. A perfect mix is to have a mixture of savvy veterans combined with budding stars of the future ready to move up when the veterans get too old to perform at a high level.

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Another Year Of Racing Vacations

Posted in IndyCar on April 3, 2017 by Oilpressure

By Susan Phillips

Once the blue envelope came with our Indy 500 tickets in it, there has been a sense in our household that our racing season was about to start up. I’m not talking about the season-opener in St. Pete over three weeks ago. I’m talking about when George and I travel to the actual races.

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Next Year Is Looking Good Already

Posted in IndyCar on March 31, 2017 by Oilpressure

By now, I’m sure most of you have seen the renderings of the new universal bodywork for the DW12 or IR-12 as it is more officially known. Before last season was over, we learned that the common body would finally lose the airbox over the driver’s head. I say finally because I have never cared for that look on a race car and was disappointed when the Dallara and g-Force chassis were both introduced for the 1997 IRL season. When I saw the look, I cringed. But that was before I heard the dreadful sound that the Oldsmobile and Infiniti engines made. That horrible drone overshadowed any shortcomings in the look of the car.

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The Struggle To Stay On Top Of The Mountain

Posted in IndyCar on March 29, 2017 by Oilpressure

Two and a half weeks ago, Sébastien Bourdais scored an improbable victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Some may ask why I would use the word “improbable” to describe the feat of a four-time IndyCar champion. The reason is two-fold. First, it’s because Bourdais scored the win after starting from the back of the field in last place. It took Bourdais only thirty-seven laps to make it to the front. Once he got there, he stayed. The other reason is because his new team, Dale Coyne Racing (DCR), is not used to winning very often – especially after starting in the back.

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